Apr 13, 2007 6
In case you haven’t noticed, we posted our initial look at our projected strength of schedule for 2007, along with some analysis. Some people have trouble with how we come up with our figures, but it really is quite simple. First, we give all 32 teams numbers grades against the run and the pass. These are not based on last year, but are projections of how effective each team will be in 2007. Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Jacksonville, and San Diego were the teams with the highest grades against the run. Denver, Chicago, and Oakland were the top teams against the pass. We then take each team’s schedule and average out all their opponent’s grades against the run and pass to come up with a single average grade for their 16 opponents against the run and the pass. The lower the grade, the easier the schedule, and the higher the grades the harder the schedule.
Now, I normally don’t like to do our initial SOS charts until after the draft, because teams will find some starters on defense in the draft get better, so the grades for each team – and, of course, the SOS ranks – [...]